Michael Mattei

I’m a fourth year chemistry student in the Van Duyne Group. I received my BA in chemistry from Bucknell University in 2013. As an undergraduate I worked in three different labs, studying the optical properties of quantum dots, semi-synthesis of prenylated derivatives of flavonoids found in the hop plant, and fundamental mechanisms that govern clay mineral swelling using atomic force microscopy. My current research interests include environmental systems, alternative energy and green technologies, and spectroscopy at chemical interfaces. I will be working with tip-enhanced Raman spectroscopy(TERS) during my time in the Van Duyne group. In my free time, I enjoy anything nature, playing guitar and bass, reading about subjects that aren’t chemistry, songwriting, playing tennis (poorly), and playing video games.


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  • Professor Richard Van Duyne

    Additional Information

    Discoverer of Surface-enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (1977)
    Inventor of Nanosphere Lithography (1995) & Localized Surface Plasmon Resonance Spectroscopy (2000)

  • Group Members

    Professor Van Duyne has, in his career to date, advised a total of 87 graduate students and 47 postdoctoral fellows. Every year, Professor Van Duyne gives a talk to introduce new graduate students to our research. The 2017 seminar slides are available here.

  • News

    Professor Van Duyne was recently named a Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellow by the U.S. Department of Defense to conduct "high risk, high payoff" basic scientific research. Read more here